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'Healthy Obese' May Be a Myth

Posted 17 May 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – The so-called "healthy obese" don't get off scot-free. They still have a higher risk of heart disease than normal-weight people, a new British study finds. Folks dubbed healthy obese don't have metabolic problems typically associated with obesity – such as high cholesterol, poor blood sugar control, diabetes or high blood pressure. But, it's been unclear if they are at increased risk for problems such as heart failure or stroke. In this study, researchers analyzed 1995-2015 electronic health records of 3.5 million people aged 18 and older in the United Kingdom who were initially free of heart disease. Compared to normal-weight people with no metabolic problems, healthy obese people had a 50 percent higher risk of heart disease, a 7 percent higher risk of stroke, twice the risk of heart failure, and a greater risk of peripheral artery disease (or PAD, which is ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Hypertension, Weight Loss, Ischemic Stroke, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health

Posted 16 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Actress Angela Bassett has graced film and TV screens with a wide range of award-winning performances for decades. But her latest role is that of spokeswoman, raising awareness of links between type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately, it's an issue Bassett understands only too well. "I got involved with this movement because of my mom – to honor her," Bassett said. "She had type 2 diabetes and three years ago she died from heart disease." Bassett's mother, Betty Jane Bassett, passed away in 2014 at the age of 78. "Until that time, I know I was pretty unaware of the connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease," Bassett admitted. And although her mother's particular situation was complicated, Bassett believes that knowing about that risk and having the opportunity to make potentially helpful lifestyle changes "would have made a big ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance, Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Heart Disease, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

FDA Medwatch Alert: Canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet): Drug Safety Communication - Increased Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations

Posted 16 May 2017 by

ISSUE: Based on new data from two large clinical trials, the FDA has concluded that the type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. FDA is requiring new warnings, including the most prominent Boxed Warning, to be added to the canagliflozin drug labels to describe this risk. Final results from two clinical trials – the CANVAS (Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study) and CANVAS-R (A Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal Endpoints in Adult Participants With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus) – showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with canagliflozin compared to patients treated with placebo, which is an inactive treatment. Amputations of the toe and middle of the foot were the most common; however, amputations involving the leg, below and above the kne ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Meals With Gastroparesis

Posted 11 May 2017 by

-- Gastroparesis occurs when food in the stomach empties more slowly than it's supposed to. It's more common in people with diabetes. If you have the condition, the American Diabetes Association recommends: Eat small amounts of food throughout the day, rather than larger meals. Eat your meals slowly. Sit upright after you eat. Take a walk after eating. Avoid food that's high in fat or fiber. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin Resistance, Gastroparesis, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Health Tip: Create a Sick-Day Plan for Diabetes

Posted 5 May 2017 by

-- When you're sick, your blood glucose can fluctuate sharply. So if you're diabetic, it's important to plan for changes triggered by illness. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says your plan should include: How frequently you should check your blood glucose. Checking your blood and urine for ketones. Changes to your usual insulin or medication doses. What you should eat and drink. Which events should prompt a call to your doctor. Read more

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Red Wine Antioxidant Might Help Diabetics' Arteries

Posted 4 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – The antioxidant resveratrol – found in red wine, peanuts and berries – might improve the health of blood vessels in people with type 2 diabetes, a small study suggests. The study found that resveratrol supplements lessened artery stiffness in some people with type 2 diabetes. Stiffening of the arteries, called arteriosclerosis, raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. "In treatment with resveratrol among people with diabetes, there was a trend toward improvement in the stiffness. And in people with higher stiffness there was more of a benefit," said lead researcher Dr. Naomi Hamburg. She is chief of the vascular biology section at Boston University School of Medicine. While the research suggests there might be ways to improve blood vessel abnormalities in people with type 2 diabetes, it's too soon to recommend resveratrol for that purpose, said Hamburg. "We ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Transient Ischemic Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Resveratrol, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

Sugary Drinks More Affordable Across the Globe

Posted 4 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – Sugar-sweetened beverages have become more affordable worldwide, making the fight against obesity even more difficult, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data from 40 high-income and 42 low-income countries. Between 1990 and 2016, sugar-sweetened beverages such as cola became more affordable in 79 of those 82 countries. Most often, the drinks were easier to afford because prices fell and people earned more money. The actual price of sugar-sweetened drinks went down in 56 of the countries, the study found. "Overall in the countries we studied, a person in 2016 could buy 71 percent more sugar-sweetened beverages with the same share of their income than they could in 1990," said study co-author Jeffrey Drope, from the American Cancer Society. "Sugary drinks became even more affordable in developing countries, where 2016's income could buy 89 percent more ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Weight Loss, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bad for Brain Health

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 – Previous research has linked type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Now, new research may be closing in on some of the reasons why. The study found that people with type 2 diabetes – particularly those who are overweight or obese – have thinner gray matter in several areas of the brain. These brain regions are related to memory, executive function, movement generation and visual information processing, said the study's senior author, Dr. In Kyoon Lyoo. He's director of the Ewha University Brain Institute in Seoul, South Korea. "Obesity leads to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic dysfunction and is also associated with brain alterations independently," Lyoo said. "We aimed to investigate whether overweight/obesity influenced brain structure and cognitive function in individuals with early stage of type 2 diabetes." The study included: 50 overweight or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With the 'Dawn Phenomenon'

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by

-- The "dawn phenomenon" is a natural surge in hormones in the morning that affects everyone. For people with diabetes, a corresponding rise in blood glucose could be dangerous. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Eat your dinner earlier in the evening. After dinner, go for a walk or engage in another physical activity. If your fasting glucose is still high after taking these steps, see your doctor. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetes Mellitus

Health Tip: Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by

-- Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices constantly track your blood sugar levels to help you manage diabetes. The Cleveland Clinic says potential benefits of a CGM device include: Real-time updates of your blood glucose (sugar) level. An alarm that alerts you when your blood glucose is too high or too low. The ability to export blood glucose readings to a computer, providing a record for your doctor. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Genes May Govern Your Risk for PTSD

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – Surviving trauma such as assault, rape or wartime combat can leave a person emotionally devastated. Now, new research suggests your genes may help determine whether you go on to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "Our finding that PTSD is heritable suggests that our genes contain clues for why some people develop PTSD and others do not, despite having experienced a similar event," said lead researcher Karestan Koenen. The large study found that the genetic risk for PTSD is much higher for women than men. And it adds to evidence that mental ills such as schizophrenia share genetic links with PTSD, said Koenen, a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Most people experience some level psychological distress after living through a severe or life-threatening experience. They may replay the event repeatedly in ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Diabetes, Type 2, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dementia, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Diagnosis and Investigation

Obesity Quadruples Kids' Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Close to 13 million American children and teens are obese, and new research shows they may be four times more likely than kids with a healthy weight to develop type 2 diabetes by age 25. Between 2002 and 2005, there were 3,600 cases a year of type 2 diabetes among U.S. kids and teens, according to the Endocrine Society's Endocrine Facts and Figures report. A large study of British children produced similar results, the researchers noted. "As the prevalence of obesity and being overweight has rapidly risen, an increasing number of children and young adults have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United Kingdom since the early 1990s," said study co-author Ali Abbasi, a research fellow at King's College London. For the study, published April 25 in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, the researchers reviewed health records of 375 general practices in the United ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2

The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans' lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data. "Modifiable behavioral risk factors pose a substantial mortality burden in the U.S.," said study lead author Glen Taksler, an internal medicine researcher at the Cleveland Clinic. "These preliminary results continue to highlight the importance of weight loss, diabetes management and healthy eating in the U.S. population," Taksler said in a clinic news release. Obesity was linked with as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, his team said. Tobacco, meanwhile, had the same effect on life span as high ... Read more

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Diabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Two new studies on diabetes deliver good and bad news, but the overall message is that the blood sugar disease remains a formidable public health burden. The first study looked at the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in U.S. children, and uncovered this troubling trend: From 2002 to 2012, the rates for both types of diabetes increased, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. But a bit of hope was offered up in the second study: Swedish researchers reported a drop in the incidence of heart disease and stroke in adults with both types of diabetes. "These studies highlight our concerns about the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Every 23 seconds, another person is diagnosed with diabetes [in the United States]," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Cefalu added that ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Intravenous Insulin Drip

Health Tip: Should You Be Tested for Kidney Disease?

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by

-- Chronic kidney disease may not have obvious symptoms, so it's important to know if you're at risk. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says risk factors include: Having diabetes. Having high blood pressure. Having heart disease. Having someone in your family with chronic kidney disease. Being black, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian. Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Renal Failure, Pre-Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

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